Mike Slive Rattles Saber Over Player Stipends

Kelly Lambert

The SEC commissioner is serious about giving players more money, and he might fight for a new NCAA division in order to enact them.

Mike Slive had a question-and-answer session with reporters today, and one of the topics that came up was the proposed stipends for players. The NCAA decided to allow players to get stipends on top of their scholarships back in October of 2011, but enough individual member schools voted to override the proposal that it never got implemented. Nearly all of the schools that voted to override it came from outside the power conferences.

First, Slive made it clear that the stipend idea's initial failure was not a defeating blow. Then, he dropped the big one:

I've thought for a while now that at least another division split in football would be appropriate. It's farcical to suggest that Alabama and South Alabama or Michigan and Eastern Michigan belong in the same division.

It's not Slive's first choice to make a new division, and I can understand why. It would be very controversial to say the least, and it'd be a headache and a half to implement. I'm sure he's probably too burned out from negotiating with cable and satellite providers to want to try to take on that kind of challenge in the short term. The threat of splitting away is the biggest leverage that the power schools have over the mid-majors, though. The playoff is going to be a financial bonanza, and the major schools would better be able to lock out the mid-majors if a new split happened.

According to some ADs that SI's Andy Staples talked to recently, a split away from the NCAA is not imminent. The reason? It might cause the IRS to reassess whether the schools should have to pay taxes on athletics income. That alone is reason enough to stay within the NCAA's cozy confines, but a new division for the football big boys is a realistic threat. It will be interesting to see if the mid-majors capitulate on the stipend issue or whether they'll dig in and fight.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Team Speed Kills

You must be a member of Team Speed Kills to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Team Speed Kills. You should read them.

Join Team Speed Kills

You must be a member of Team Speed Kills to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Team Speed Kills. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker